A NEW report shows 12,000 Tasmanians suffer from anorexia nervosa or bulimia.It says the state needs a dedicated eating disorder co-ordinator to oversee better local support services.

The Sprouting Seeds report, compiled by the Hobart Women’s Health Centre, says another 20,000 Tasmanians are impacted by binge eating disorders and the provision of a specialist eating disorder telephone line could save lives.

The report, released last week, said 4.8 per cent of Tasmania’s female population was affected.The number of males affected by eating disorders is on the rise.

via State’s secret epidemic Tasmania News – The Mercury – The Voice of Tasmania.